Uiteindelik: Administrasie!

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Oudtshoorn. 1 April 2012. 09h20. OO is laat gisteraand in besit geplaas van die notule van ‘n vergadering wat Vrydagoggend in Kaapstad gehou is en waarin die onmiddelike ingrype van die Wes-Kaapse regering in Oudtshoorn Munisipaliteit bevestig word.

In wat allerlei beskou word as vergoeding vir die ANC se ondersteuning van administrasie, is die voormalige waarnemende munisipale bestuurder, Mpho Mogale, aangewys as administrateur.

Die Wes-Kaapse minister van plaaslike regering, Anton Bredell, sal die formele aankondiging waarskynlik môreoggend (Maandag) maak.

Hier is ‘n uitreksel uit die notule:

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE

30 Maart 2012

OUDTSHOORN MUNICIPALITY: INVOCATION OF SECTION 139 OF CONSTITUTION

SUMMARY
The Committee was briefed on the invocation of Section 139 of the Constitution in the Oudtshoorn Municipality by Western Cape Minister for Local Government and Housing. The Committee was given a breakdown of the process from the investigation of the problems present in the municipality up until the provincial government taking over the administration of the municipality by way of appointing an Administrator. The Committee was impressed by the progress made from the inception of the intervention up until present given the political contestation that prevailed in the municipality.

MINUTES
The delegation comprised of the Western Cape Minister for Local Government and Housing, the Appointed Administrator of Oudtshoorn Municipality, the Chief Director: Local Government and Housing, the Director: Local Government and Housing, and the Chief of Staff: Local Government and Housing.

The Minister remarked that his department was faced with challenges such as Oudtshoorn on a continual basis. The lack of continuity had an adverse effect on service delivery. However, the department was committed to ensure that municipalities complied with legislation and performed as was required. The intervention undertaken in Oudtshoorn was giving effect to this commitment. The briefing was aimed at providing background, reporting on what had been done and describing the situation at present.

The Administrator undertook the briefing. He said that the Minister had instituted an investigation into the Oudtshoorn Municipality in terms of section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act. A commission had been appointed to undertake the investigation and the issues to be looked at were allegations of instances of mal-administration, non-compliance with statutory obligations and serious malpractice.

The alleged offences were ascribed to political instability and inexperienced political leadership. There were also instances of dereliction of duty, breaches of statutory prescriptions and administrative deficiencies. The general findings of the commission were that there was internal strife and conflict in the Municipal Council and within the administration. There was also an acute and destructive sense of distrust permeating the political and administrative structures of the Oudtshoorn Municipality.

The commission concluded that the situation was serious and that the municipality was in crisis. It was therefore suggested that sections 105 and 106 of the Municipal Systems Act, 2000 read with section 139 of the Constitution provided the legislative framework to address the crisis situation.

Based on the findings of the commission the provincial cabinet intervened in terms of section 139 of the Constitution. Section 139 provides for provincial supervision of local government. The result is that the executive powers of the Oudtshoorn Council and all the powers of the Municipal Manager are revoked and that such powers are vested with an Administrator under the supervision of the Provincial Executive. The Council is however not dissolved, but councillors are retained as ordinary members in an advisory capacity to the Administrator.

The purpose of section 139 is to assist municipalities to become sustainable and self-sufficient. The intervention is to last for six months and will commense on the 2 April 2012. Due to the enormous administrative challenges facing the municipality it will be necessary to perform a thorough diagnostic exercise by way of a management audit. This will point the way for a well thought through and credible recovery program to be devised.

Noujatoe!

Dis vandag 1 April.

En kom nou – jy moes geweet het hierdie berig is ‘n Aprilgekgrap die oomblik toe jy gelees het die DA en Bredell tree daadwerklik op – dit is ‘n totentaal waansinnige stelling!

Dit is egter merkwaardig, my lankmoedige lesers, dat die bostaande uitreksel uit ‘n verslag van Junie 2007 kom, toe die destydse ANC-regering in die Wes-Kaap Oudtshoorn onder administrsie geplaas het – mét die samewerking van die DA.

Geniet Aprilgekdag; geniet die Absa KKNK!

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4 thoughts on “Uiteindelik: Administrasie!

  1. Ek wou na die sneeu op die berg gaan kyk, maar toe skrik ek wakker. As die DA wel optree is dit gewoonlik te min te laat.

  2. Inderdaad, Tawwe Tienie!

    Die ANC tree ten minste op; die DA kerm en kla net oor hoe moeilik die politiek is!

    Die DA het sy kiesers – ten minste op Oudtshoorn – volkome verloën!

  3. Ten minste het die ANC provinsiale minister in 2007 geweet hoe om op te tree en kon hy die advies van sy raadgewers en relevante wetgewing korrek vertolk en verstaan hoe om sy plig, aan hom opgedra deur die Grondwet, na te kom deur verantwoordelike optrede te neem!

    OO, jou Gekkedag grap het my amper hoop gegee!

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